Saturday, March 20, 2010

With the Good comes the Bad.


A Smile is a Curve that sets everything right.

It's been awhile since our blog has been updated 
and my awesome excuse is that 
we still have no internet @ our apartment
with the exception of Will's iPhone.

An update for Will isn't anything too exciting.
He's still working his butt off pretty much 7 days a week.
Last week alone he worked 68 hours.
I am VERY grateful to have a husband
who is a very hardworker and has great work ethic.
I credit the Marine Corps and simply how he was raised.
The boy knows how to get dirty and work.

As for myself I am still at Alliance Clinical Services
and loving it. That job never gets old.
And every day is different.
BUT
I finally made an appointment with my Orthopedic Doctor
to get some updated x-rays of my back
to see if the curves in my Scoliosis has changed in 5 years.
Amazingly enough....IT HADN'T!!
Which is very great news.......
unfortunately with it came not so great news...
When the doctor was testing my reflexes he detected
that I have quite overreactive nerves 
and became worried about my Tethered Spinal Cord.
He scheduled me for a MRI, CT scan, and a L Spine scan
for later in the week, along with an appointment 
with a Neurologist.
I became a little curious as to why the doctor was so concerned about my spinal cord.
So I did a little research....
Hyperreflexia is defined as overactive or overresponsive reflexes. Examples of this can include twitching or spastic tendencies, which are indicative of upper motor neuron disease as well as the lessening or loss of control ordinarily exerted by higher brain centers of lower neural pathways (disinhibition).
This for me explained the crazy twitches I always get
throughout my body at the most random times.
The Tethered Spinal Cord research kinda blew me away though...

Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome  is a rare neurological disorder (occurring in 0.05 to 0.25 of 1000 births) caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column. These attachments cause an abnormal stretching of the spinal cord. This stretching interferes with the function of the nerves in the spinal cord and can cause problems with sensation, movement, and control of body functions.
  In this variation, the filum terminale (which joins the spinal cord to the backbone) thickens or hardens and causes downward pressure on the spinal cord. This can actually cause scoliosis as well as most of the other symptoms of the more typical tethered cord. 
In adults, onset of symptoms typically include severe pain (in the lower back and radiating into the legs, groin, and perineum), bilateral muscle weakness, and bladder and/or bowel incontinence. Neurological symptoms can include a mixed picture of upper and lower motor neuron findings, such as amyotrophy, hyperreflexia, and pathologic plantar response, occurring in the same limb. Profound sensory changes, such as loss of pain, temperature, and proprioceptive sensations, are common. Last, progressive symptoms of a neuropathic bladder are noted on over 70 percent of adult patients, versus only 20 to 30 percent of children. These symptoms include urinary frequency and urgency, feeling of incomplete voiding, poor voluntary control, and urge and stress incontinence. Chronic recurrent infections are common and occasionally lead to nephrolithiasis (kidney stones), renal failure, or renal transplantation. Female patients also give a history of ineffective labor and postpartum rectal prolapse, presumably due to an atonic pelvic floor.

Uhhhhh.....yeah.
Now out of those symptoms I have the lower back pain
(actually my entire back aches ),
my hands and feet are constantly cold,
and the tips of my fingers always feel numb,
random spasms and twitches.
I also get sharp shooting pains in my arms and legs,
  quite overreactive nerves,
and sorry if TMI
but I do feel like I gotta pee all the time.
My appointment with the Neurologist is on
April 8th.
I'm anxious to find out whats really going on.

And on top of that I'm pretty sure I has some
serious Carpal Tunnel in both wrists.
My hand always get numb
and
"the pins and needles" feeling
wakes me up multiple times at night.
When its at its worse my wrists begin to ache
and a mixture of sharp & dull pains
work their way up to my elbows,  and higher.
Then they just ache to hold anything.
For example it'll hurt you hold a book, my cell phone to talk...
It's a pain quite honestly.

Anywoo....
that's what is going on with the Myers.
Sorry for the lack of updates.
What we have to look forward to is:
San Diego the end of May!!
Going out west to shoot some guns
and go camping.
And just life in general.

There's always the bad things in life.
But I just can't help
but Smile.....

Life is Good.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Create.

Just some fun stuff I've been doing.
I love creating.